Olkinya Lasho

The first big cat we saw on our game drive on the Maasai Mara in Kenya was a cheetah or olkinya lasho in Maa. What a beautiful animal!

On our game drive we had two vehicles. It was so fun capturing Cameron photographing the cheetah walking towards him.

He had worked with cheetah's last summer in Zambia and it was the animal he most wanted to see on our game drive. He got his wish!

Note: Some people have asked if it is scary being in the jeep with the animals so close. NOT AT ALL. They do not pay attention or care about the vehicles.

Look at that face!

Cheetah's have black tear-like streaks on their face.


Some more cool facts about cheetahs.

  1. They are the fastest land animal, running up to 70 mph
  2. They have solid black spots all over their bodies
  3. The gestation period is three months, with litters of 3-5 cubs
  4. Female cheetahs live to 15 years and males live to 10 years
  5. They live in dry forests and savannas (like the Mara)
  6. In 2016, it was estimated that there are just 7,100 cheetahs remaining in the wild

A few of the cheetahs favorite foods

Impala Wildebeest Warthog

Information Source: Cheetah Wikipedia

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